Mobility is essential for Europe’s prosperity and for free movement of citizens. As well as underpinning the competitiveness of European industries, mobility is also an essential citizen right.Yet our insatiable demand for mobility also brings negative impacts, in terms of energy use and environmental quality, which must be reduced.
Europe’s future transport policy, adopted by the Commission in June 2006, aims to address these challenges. Building on the 2001 White Paper, the updated policy – entitled Keep Europe the needs of the 21st century. It proposes actions to improve the efficiency of existing transport networks, protect the environment, stimulate innovation in transport technologies, and strengthen the international dimension in the EU’s transport policy.
Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a key role in keeping Europe on the move. Many of the actions prioritised in the transport policy review draw on research and pilot actions undertaken in European ICT research and deployment programmes. Results from European ICT research are already being deployed by the European automotive industry, leading to safer vehicles, while further support for both research and deployment is foreseen under the i2010 initiative on the Intelligent Car.
Community supported ICT research is also contributing to the success of Galileo – Europe’s satellite navigation system – by delivering new mobility related services for businesses and citizens.